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This Guide provides access to a set of quality assured research synthesis documents specifically intended to assist evidence-informed decision-making in development policy and practice. They are selected by the Eldis team from a limited set of "approved" publishers who have been assessed to ensure a robust methodological approach to quality assurance. 

The Guide also provides a space for discussion on some of the debates on what constitutes "evidence", the use of different methods for quality assessment and the various approaches to impact evaluation.
Stepping out of Agriculture
Bicycle and wall
D.J. Clark / Panos Pictures
As economies grow it is expected that many households will ‘step out’ of farming as household members take up work in the rural non-farm economy (RNFE) or migrate to towns and cities. This Topic Guide examines the evidence on the likely effects of smallholder households leaving agriculture for better-paying businesses and jobs.

Latest Documents

Capacity building for decision makers to use evidence in policy making in Sudan
International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications 2016
Sudanese public policy is often seen as typically based on party ideology and the changing interests or socio-cultural beliefs of the National Congress party, which is a leading political party in the country. This is particul...
Building capacity for the use of research evidence in Ghana’s Ministry of Employment
International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications 2017
The importance of evidence in public policy making is widely recognised in Ghana at top levels of government. The overarching national development strategy, the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Strategy (GSGDA II), sees evi...
Increasing evidence use among Ethiopia’s health planners and policymakers
M. Sudhakar; M. Woldie / International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications 2016
Between 2015 and 2016, Jimma University developed and ran a training and mentoring programme with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health to improve the Ministry’s capacity for using evidence in policy making. This case study di...
The Politics of Evidence
Justin Parkhurst / Routledge Taylor and Francis Group 2016
There has been an enormous increase in interest in the use of evidence for public policymaking, but the vast majority of work on the subject has failed to engage with the political nature of decision making and how this influences the...
Summary of the first UN World Data Forum: 15-18 January 2017
International Institute for Sustainable Development 2017
This IISD summary provide a synthesis of discussion and outcomes from the first UN World Data Forum held in South Africa from 15-18 January 2017. The Forum took place following the recommendation of the UN Secretary-General’s Ind...
Research uptake: a guide for DFID-funded research programmes
Department for International Development, UK 2016
DFID funds research in order to contribute to its overarching goal of poverty reduction. We fund some research which aims to produce new products or technologies that directly improve the lives of poor people. Other research produces ...
‘Tomorrow Will Not Be Like Yesterday ’ Sahariya Tribals emerge from the shadows
P. Philipose / ActionAid International 2014
This edition in the series of Critical Stories of Change presents the story of Sahariya tribals categorized as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG). They reside in contiguous areas of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Prade...
Helpdesk report: Comparative advantage of the private sector in delivery of health services
Evie Browne / Health and Education Advice and Resource Team 2016
This Helpdesk Report responds to the following query: What are the areas of likely comparative advantage of the private sector in delivery of health care services for public health goals particularly in the areas of MNCH and SRH inclu...
The future of knowledge sharing in a Digital Age: exploring impacts and policy implications for development
J. Gregson; J. Brownlee; R. Playforth; N Bimbe / Institute of Development Studies UK 2015
We live in a Digital Age that gives us instant access to information at greater and greater volumes. The rapid growth of digital content and tools is already changing how we create, consume and distribute knowledge. Even though global...
Online Knowledge Portals for Development in Africa: scoping study
A. Venth / Institute of Development Studies UK 2015
The Global Open Knowledge Hub (GOKH) programme, implemented by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in collaboration with a range of partners, aims to build a global open knowledge platform for open data sharing and exchange on ...

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